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Voodoo Doll Pincushion 

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Voodoo Doll Pincushion 

Written By: Casey Dougherty 


Fabric (1) 

larger fabric scraps for the outside of the doll. 

Steel wool (1) 

fine steel wool — a walnut-sized clump. 

Needle and thread (1) 

• Scissors (1) 

Marking utensil (1) 

Decorations (1) 

yarn, scrap, buttons, etc. for doll's features and clothing. 


Stray pins can be a dangerous matter, especially to those who share your craft space. While 
many people have the luxury of a separate craft room, I like to be out where the action is. 
Fortunately, I haven't yet shared my pincidents with others, but I can't deny that there have 
been some close calls. Tired of the just-old-fashioned tomato and strawberry, I decided to 
give a voodoo doll pincushion a try. No two alike, the voodoo doll uses up fabric scraps, 
keeps your pins sharp with steel wool stuffing, and saves your and your loved ones' skin. 

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Step 1 — Cut out the pattern. 

• Cut out the body of the doll. You'll 
need 2 identical pieces, one for the 
front of the doll and one for the 
back. The doll pictured was created 
using a fat gingerbread man shape. 
You can use the pattern available 
for download under Files or make 
your own. 

Step 2 — Sew together. 

• Match the 2 pieces, one on top of 
the other, with the good/front sides 
facing each other. Sew 1/4" in from 
the border, leaving a 1 1/2" gap 
along the outside of one leg for a 
stuffing hole. Clip out notches 
around the curves to prevent 

• Turn the sewn pieces inside out so 
that the hems are on the inside and 
the good sides of the fabric are on 
the outside. A pencil or crochet 
hook will encourage a stubborn arm 
or leg to work its way through. 

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Step 3 — Stuff the doll. 

• Stuff the head tightly with steel 
wool. This will become the needle 
sharpener. Then fill the rest of the 
body with small fabric scraps. Fill 
the torso last. Sew the doll shut 
with nice big sutures. Don't worry 
about leaving scars on your doll, 
after all, this is a voodoo doll. 

Step 4— Finish! 

• Use thread, buttons, yarn, and fabric scraps to adorn your doll. For hair, run the thread 
through the fabric with a needle, leaving a tail out on both sides. Lay a piece of yarn 
perpendicular to the thread, overlapping the area where the thread runs under the fabric. 
Use the thread tails to tie a knot over the yarn. Trim if desired. Don't let your first-grade 
botched Barbie haircuts intimidate you — doll haircuts are fun! 

This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 02 . pages 122-123. 

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